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GALLERY 1611
Studio House
Market Place
ALSTON
CA9 3HS

Phone: 01434 382137

info @ gallery1611.co.uk

 GALLERY 1611
Market Place, Alston, Cumbria

ROB WATSON


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I have been potting for over 35 years. Initially I taught myself to throw and make pots .

In 1979 I began a 3-year studio ceramics course at Chesterfield College of Art where I concentrated on making wood fired stoneware which I continued to make after leaving college.

From 1990 I began to introduce more colour into my work. and I now use white earthenware clay decorated with a small number of coloured glazes, mainly blues and pinks. I produce a wide range of wheel thrown ware from mugs to large dishes, however, many slab dishes , plates, and "one off" pots are made.

I make generously thrown work, substantial rims and handles, freely decorated with vibrant colours. All the work is now fired in electric kilns to a high fired earthenware temperature of 1160/1170 centigrade.


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Ideas and influences come from many places, artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothco, Howard Hodgkin and more recently Francis Boag, but my interest in English slipware and all things Japanese give much to my work.

My new work is concerned with using my high fired earthenware glazes to produce work similar in quality to stoneware ash glazes.

In August 2003 I won the Craftsman Magazine competition at the 멠otfest in the Pens' at Penrith.

In January 2004, I was profiled in the Craftsman Magazine.

Following a trip to Japan, I was again featured in the December 2005 issue of Craftsman Magazine. This interview followed up my earlier feature and discussed how i had been influenced by the ceramics and culture of Japan, and how I felt this would affect my work


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